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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,985 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 300
Gots: 222 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This lager harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and west coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist - it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile. Hoponius Union uses locally grown dehulled spelt from MA.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Brew33, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a rich golden color with a nice finger of dense caramel head, nice retention and lacing.

S - citrusy dank hop bitterness, nice bready malt backbone. Smells like sweet pot. phenomenal smell

T - citrusy semi-dry hops, bready caramel malts, super refreshing slightly dry aftertaste - simple but well done.

M - refreshing and not too light, decent carbonation. Nice drinker

O - best lager I've ever had by far. Balances fantastic flavor and mildness very well

MacQ32, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DaPan, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear gold with a good foamy white head. Some lace.

Citric hop nose, with some good toasted malt.

Hops first, then the dried malt. The maltiness, and the lack of fruit, is made up for by juicy hops. Hops stay with you, and the bitterness works with a malt/citric finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I liked this alot, with the traditional style and the hoppy twist. Very drinkable for all seasons.

OtherShoe2, May 13, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours a golden amber color with about three inches of off-white head.

S - IPL's have a unique smell. This one has a citrus nose with a metallic note. It has a noble hops essence.

T - The taste is right in line with the smell. It has a strong citrus taste with a metallic bitterness on the finish. I noticed some bread/toast at the beginning, but the citrus overwhelms the malt after a few drinks.

M - It seems to have a little more body than the standard lager.

O - This is a great example of a good style of beer. I have only had a few IPL's and have enjoyed them all. I get an unusual flavor that I describe as metallic. That may not be the best descriptor. This is definitely worth buying a six pack of more.

buschbeer, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Again to cartoonshop for turning me on to Jack's Abbey's lagers!!

Pours a beautiful straw meets sunlit honey. (bad poetic attempt) Rich frothy head forms with a medium pour. Like that thick, semi-solid foam you get blowing off during fermentation.

Nose: Hops burst out upon popping the seal. Wow, this is a lager, yet it really comes off like a strong APA or IPA in the esthers.

Hops are the main note to this beer, malt is in the backseat. But oh so pleasant. Piney, but not strongly so. Almost a dry earthiness meets a dry sweetness.

Mouth is light, dry and somewhat piney staying in the front of the mouth/tongue. Actually stays there for a while without being resiny or oily. Clean!

2beerdogs, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jame515, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DonFrap, Jun 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

oglmcdgl, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Liam for this!

Lightly hazed blonde, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace as well. Smell is full of tropical fruits and citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and oprange, a persistant grainy malt, but quite hte hefty hop bill here. Taste is of fruity citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, fishihes with a bit of crisp larger malt, bitterness throughout and felt in the cheeks, heavily hopped. Lightly carbonated, medium feel and oily on the back of the pallate. An incredible lager here, would gladly revisit this again, great drinkability.

peensteen, Jul 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jampics2, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoponius Union pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head on top. As the fades clumps of lace cling to the glass. Some yeast was poured into the glass and remains in suspension.

The aroma is loaded with orange and lemon citrus plus a little grass and caramel malt. Seems a little funky too like some bret was added to the beer.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is somewhat chewy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between light caramel malt and bread plus loads of orange and lemon citrus. It finishes moderately bitter with some pine hop notes. Once gone the lemon citrus lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, tasty beer. Lots of hops, but enough malt to balance out the flavor.

WanderingFool, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

shigg85, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jegross2, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to surge1311 for sending this one as an extra in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with medium visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head.

S: Grassy and resin hops, light cracker and less pilsner malt aroma. Essentially no sulfur character.

T: Resin, grapefruit rind, and bit grassy hops, light pilsner and cracker malts. Citrus rind bitterness in the hang - significant but not overly bitter.

M: Light but smooth body, low carbonation sensation, and almost no alcohol.

O: Pretty darn tasty, and it certainly makes a good argument against the "lagers are tasteless" crowd. Still, it wouldn't necessarily be a go-to for me in the face of other choices - there are a lot of readily available IPAs that are just plain better.

macrosmatic, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Nichols33, May 04, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-deep golden color with a big white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, light sweet malt, floral notes

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, malt, floral, nice bitter dry finish

F-light to medium body with moderate, carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a great lager beer with nice IPA characteristics and good balance, great drinking beer

MDDMD, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Burt, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Amalak, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

sholland119, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

portia99, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ElGallo, Aug 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

waiting4lunch, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Kopfschuss, Jul 12, 2012
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.